The school operates a family dining service which is based on eight pupils sharing a table with two of the older children serving the younger ones.
Derbyshire County Council provides a daily lunch service in school which is available to all children. From September 2014, all children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 became eligible to receive a free school meal. For children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, the current price of a school meal is £2.10 per day. Dinner money is payable weekly in advance each Monday, preferably in a named envelope for your child to hand to their teacher. Anyone in Year 3 and above who is eligible for free school meals should complete an online application form at Derbyshire County Council.
Alternatively, children may bring healthy packed lunches to school, please ensure that any drinks are in non-breakable containers. Children having packed lunches also sit on tables of eight and are provided with plates for their lunch. Meals are eaten in the school hall and good manners and considerate behaviour are encouraged at all times.
Free school meals eligibility criteria (published by the Department for Education)
- General article
- Updated: 11 December 2012
In England, children are eligible to receive free school meals (FSM) if their parents are in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.1
In January 2011 about 1.2 million pupils were known to be eligible for FSM. The Government recognises the benefits of healthy school meals and is committed to continuing to provide free school meals to families who need them. Healthy school meals can help to improve children’s readiness to learn and their behaviour at school, and can also help to establish healthy eating habits for life.
The Department for Work and Pensions’ Welfare Reform Act plans to bring in a universal credit (UC), to be phased in between 2013 and 2017, to replace many current in-work and out-of-work benefits with a single payment. This will result in the removal of current income thresholds.
Universal credit is intended to be a simpler and fairer way of determining entitlement to benefit. It will mean that the current criteria for identifying children’s entitlement for free school meals will no longer exist.
The Department for Education aims to ensure that, as universal credit is introduced in 2013, the FSM eligibility criteria are fair, simple and easily integrated into the existing FSM administrative and delivery systems, and that the changes, as far as realistically possible, are cost neutral.
The Department for Education is currently considering proposals for new eligibility criteria and is working closely with Government departments, local authorities and other interested parties.
Given the number and complexity of passported benefits2 across Government – most of which have different eligibility criteria – we are working with the Department for Work and Pensions to simplify free school meals criteria under universal credit, while ensuring that free school meals continue to be available to the families who need them most.
Our discussions with the Department for Work and Pensions include discussions about the timetable for new criteria under universal credit.
We will allow good time to enable schools, local authorities and children’s charities to comment on our proposals before we introduce new criteria.
We welcome SSAC’s recognition in its report that FSM entitlement is a key issue for Government and the policy objective of providing a FSM to eligible children should not be undermined.
The Department will look carefully at any longer term options to explore further welfare reform, including whether FSM would be included in any future generic approach to passported benefits.
A link to the FSM eligibility criteria consultation will be provided on this page.
1 Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run-on – the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit – their children are entitled to free school lunches. Children who receive a qualifying benefit in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.
2 Passported benefits are those benefits to which some groups of people are automatically entitled because of their entitlement to social security benefits. Free school meals, medical prescriptions and legal aid are examples of passported benefits.